Peach Aviation Limited (Peach) confirmed (17-Oct-2011) it has obtained approval from Japan’s MLIT to operate flights to congested airports. Peach’s application was made on 23-Aug-2011 in accordance with Japan’s Aeronautics Act. From 01-Mar-2012, there will be three daily services on the Osaka Kansai–Sapporo Shin-Chitose route and four daily services on the Osaka Kansai–Fukuoka route. Peach plans to announce airfares in late Nov-2011. The LCC is scheduled to launch services in Mar-2012. [more - original PR]
Peach Aviation obtains approval for services to congested Japanese airports
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